'My friend, as you know a great battle was fought at the foot of the Lonely Mountain many years ago. Now, with troubles stirring in the East, I am concerned.
'I wish to know what has happened to our allies and enemies of the past. Master Elrond in Rivendell is preparing for a Council, which includes representatives of every folk and many lands. Perhaps he may have more insight as to the troubles.
'Are you willing to travel to Rivendell on my behalf? I have arranged for the swiftest travel possible to Imladris.'